Find Plant Protein from Beans in These Frozen Blends

“A blend of whole grains, lentils, spin­ach, broccoli, white beans, and sauce,” says the label of Birds Eye Steam­fresh Italian Style Protein Blend.

We’re talking pro­tein from plants—mostly beans and grains—that may be overlooked by protein seekers.

Yet each 270-calorie cup of the Italian Style Blend has 12 grams of plant protein. That’s a decent dose, whether you’re shooting for the Daily Value (50 grams) or more.

What’s more, it comes with 13 grams (half a day’s worth) of fiber, 10 percent of a day’s calcium, and 20 percent each of a day’s vitamins A and C. And the 450 milligrams of sodium (mostly from the sauce) isn’t too bad, considering that the dish consists of potassium-rich beans and veggies.

Birds Eye doesn’t stop with Ital­ian. There’s also Asian Style (whole grains, shelled edamame, carrots, red peppers, and sauce), California Style (whole grains, lentils, peas, broccoli, shelled edamame, and sauce), and Southwest Style (whole grains, black beans, corn, lentils, red bell peppers, and sauce).

(Note: Only the Asian Style grains are 100 percent whole, but the other grains are mostly whole.)

Your job: empty the bag’s contents into a glass bowl, pop it in the microwave…and eat.

Call it Birds Easy.

To find where Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends are sold near you, visit the Birds Eye website at or call them at 800-563-1786. doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government funding. Any products recommended by have been vetted by our staff of nutritionists and are not advertisements by the manufacturers.

13 Replies to “Find Plant Protein from Beans in These Frozen Blends”

  1. Way too much sodium in a serving! Three of them have from 410 to 450 mg of sodium while the Southwest Blend has over 500 mg!

    1. From Nutrition Action Healthletter: We know the sodium levels are pushing the limit, but we wanted to give kudos to a large company for at least trying to put beans and whole grains in a prepared food that’s widely available and lower in sodium than a lot of the competition.

    1. From Nutrition Action Healthletter: That is correct. We do not accept advertising or any other form of compensation from companies. What we publish is based on independent evaluations.

    2. As a long time subscriber to the Nutrition Action Letter printed version, I can attest that CSPI will give kudos to food corporations when they create products that really are healthy and also take them to task when they don’t. You only have to look back to August 2014 to see a critical segment on a Birds Eye chicken alfredo package that tried to make it look like a healthy product by playing games with serving size, using a smaller size than what an average consumer would think appropriate.

  2. Do any of these contain SOY?? If so, would you please state that – as we are all getting fat because of the overuse of cheap SOY in all our packaged foods.. Thanks, Marily n

    1. From Nutrition Action Healthletter: We are not aware of credible evidence that soy, whether cheap or expensive, is making us fat. It’s added to foods mostly as a good source of plant protein.

  3. Looks great. Thanks for this useful meal idea. No time to shop for, prepare and then clean up after lengthy recipes with lengthy lists of otherwise useless ingredients. While my nightly meat or fish is cooking, will nuke a bag of this frozen blend. That’s the lifestyle today and that’s tonight’s dinner.

  4. You microwave/steam the food in the bag it comes in — that’s the whole point of buying it like this. It says this right on the front of the bag!

  5. I agree that it reads like a press release, and I commend Nutrition Action for giving credit where credit is due. Maybe more of the food giants will try to market something worthy of Nutrition Action’s praise!

  6. Cheaper and less sodium to put your own mix together, plus you avoid the sauce and do your own seasoning. Hey and if you do your own, you get 100 percent whole, whole grains.

  7. Kudos to Birdseye, Mann’s, and other companies for producing a convenient product to aid in preparation of healthy meals. And to those who are hung up on “organic” labels, the term is far overrated and sadly deceiving well-intentioned people into paying more for food with little or no benefit. Without the use of rigorously-tested, FDA approved plant-protection products, there would be mass starvation in less-affluent countries.

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